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|HUS far the Camp has conininnicated with th.e
Antliorities at Home on the subject of our
medal and our release, is it not time that in
some way or other we indicated to the folks
at home that the Rnhleben Camp is not an
entirely self-centred, Community, thinking
only of its own little worries, with no thought whatever
for those in far worse plight than ourselves and those who
are making far greater sacrifice than those we have been
privileged to make".
This is the question that Britishers in the Camp have
been asking themselves and we feel that a comunication
from a number of readers who wish to remain anonymous
gives a fitting Solution to the problem of how we may
best manifest our sympathy to the folks at home. The
Suggestion they make is that a collection be made in the
Camp with a view to raising a sum sufficient to endow a
"Ruhleben bed" in one of our Red Cross Hospitals.
. We feel that our readers would wish us to adopt the
Suggestion and place our Organisation at the convenience
of those who wish to carry out the scheme and accordingly
next week we shall hand boxes to various relief officers
and request them to retain them for a month.
We have decided to extend the duration of the collec-
tion over this period in Order that those whose funds are
small may have an opportunity of contributing their few
pence each week and thus even the poorest Britisher in the
Camp may subscribe his round Shilling.
Remember — The boxes will not be taken to you —
you must go to the box, as you will do if you are a true
Britisher. The money will be extracted and counted in the
presence of several responsible members of the Camp and
then forwarded by us to the American Embassy with a
request that same be handed to the Home Authorities with,
a note explaining the use we wish to be made of it.
I AR TS & SCIENCE I
We are preparing a new Programme of
special lectures on literary, scientific & artistic
matters for the winter.
Our populär lectures continue as usual.
We regret being unable to report any further
progress in the matter of accomo Nation for the
PHOEBE THIRSTS FOR KNOWLEDGE.
**TT"s a terrible waste of time being here and doing absolutely
V, nothing" said Phoebe, "I think we ought to make better
use of it."
"Oli Phoebe ! Have you caught that madness too. Come
and watch the cricket."
"No, we won't go and watch the cricket, so there ! You
lie about in a deck-chair miich too much, as lt is. I've decided
we shall study something, learn something together."
"Now, which do you mean, Phoebe? I wish you would
express yourself clearly. You can study almost anything here,
but I'll bet 10 — 1 you don't learn anything."
"Don't be silly. Wlhy do you suppose all those peopie
go to the lectures ?"
"They don't go to the lectures, they go to sleep, or to
indulge in dreams of happier days. There are no dreams like
day-dreams and nothing like the soft, droning voice of a
lecturer to conjure them up. There is one gentleman in par-
ticular, with a deep bass voice, Whose lectures I never miss.
The sound of those sonorous tones of his floating down the
Grandstand is enchanting. Still, if you really want to go to
lectures to listen to them, let's start with something light.
There is a populär lecture just beginning now. What do you
It happened to be a lecture on Tuscany. The lecturer
was discussing the map he had drawn on the black-boarJ,
"There" said Phoebe proudly. "I've learnt something already. '
"What is that" I enquired drowsily.
"Why, the town of Pisa has moved since the war starhed.
It used to be mland, but now it's on the coast.'
"I can't help it.''
"Do you realise how important that is ? It means another
seaport for Italy."
"If it's there for good, and not only for the length of
"Of oourse it is. You don't suppose they move towns
backwards and forwards, do you? Here, wake up and listen
to me. We shall go to all populär lectures in future. They
will keep us informed about what is going on outside the
Camp. We may hear all kinds of things we should never
have heard otherwise."
"I consider it very probable indeed. A lecturer here said
not long ago that Quebec was captured by the English in the
"You're too particular." •
"But we must do something besides go to these lectures.
I want to learn something definite, so I can say when I get
out, I did not waste my time in Ruhleben. I learnt how to
dynamic a particle, there !' or something like that. Let's join
one of these classes, you see everywhere."
"I really don't think you would care for them," I pleaded.
"Why not ? Aren't the te achers — — ?"
"On the contrary, we owe a debt of gratitude to the
teachers and lecturers here."
"What is it then — the accommodation ?"
"What a question ! We've got a whole grandstand. True
it's sometimes a little damp and draughty, and one works to
an accompaniment of astonishing statements supported by amazing
proofs and instructions that would make an anti-vivisectionist's
hair stand on end, as for example — insert a pump, a bicycle
pump will do — plus the difference between the Square of
— no, the, not ze, t, h, e, the — sign for pr, a thick curve
badkwards — and the young feeding on — the Spanish for
backbone — use the pump with care and the medusa will —
not bite unless you take — no, not ze, the I teil you —
Square of xy plus 27 — the fish will recover — if you make
a small curve upwards — in the now distorted layer of cells
of — the, I keep on telling you, can't you hear the difference,
the, the, THE, not ze — . Still, the accommodation is not
so bad, considering."
"Then what are you talking about ?"
The pupils. We suffer here from a peculiar migrating
variety of the genus pupil. I don't know whether it is in
the climate or not, but you cannot get them to stick to one
thing for long. They float around from lecture to lecture„
1<\jh leben Shower
from language to language, and end up as silly as they started.
They have come to regard learning the f irst six chapters of
Otto, or the first Berlitz book as a hobby, a pastime; but
further than that you cannot get them to go. I do not suppose
there is a single man in the Camp who cannot ask you how
you f eel, how you feit yesterday, in half a dozen languages ;
but I doubt if there are more than ten who can say what is
wrong with them in three."
"But they may have nothing wrong with them/'
„Impossible, eise they would go to work in a different way."
"Indeed! And how would you go to work?''
"Like this, Phoebe" and putting my deck-chair down as
low as lt would go, I closed my eyes.
AT tne moment of going to press the Camp is in a state
cf bewilderment. On every hand one hears qusstions as
to what lt is all about and wo feel we shall only be performmg
our public duty in giving as concise and accurate an acoount
of the affair as possible. At the end of May, the Captains
decided to split the vanous activities of the Camp into sections
and to entrust the control of each section to a committee
nominated by the Captain in charge of that department. Thus
Mr. Klingender, and later on Mr. Hawkins, took charge of
the Education of the Camp and all educational bodies were
placed under the control of the Education Committee nominated
by him. In the same manner Mr. Thorpe took charge of the
Entertainments and nominated a committee to control same.
All properties of the then existing Societies, the Dramatic
Society and the Irish Players, the Revue and the Variety
Players, were taken over by the Committee without any previous
consultation with them. Capt. Powell at the time declared
that all these properties had been bought with Camp money
and were Camp property although the labour had been supplied
gratis by the Societies. The funds of the Societies were also
impounded and these included Mk. 900. — odd, profits of the
Revue and Mk. 900. — odd, handed over by the Variety Show
for the installation of shower-baths.
Since then all monies paid for entrance to shows have
been handed over to the Entertainments Committee and they
have disbursed the monies necessary to provide the properties.
Up to the present despite repeated requests, the Committee has
not presented a balance sheet to the Camp. The Committee as
f irst nominated consisted of the f ollowing members : Chairman :
Mr. J. Thorpe, and Messrs. Adler, Roker, Tapp, Crossland
Briggs and Butterworth.
Mr. Butterworth resigned his seat some eight weeks ago,
and Mr. Adler followed suit at the beginning of this month.
On June 2 Ist the Musical Society requested representation
on the Entertainments Committee. This was refused.
On July 26th the Dramatic Society resolved unanimously :
"That this Society protests against the present Constitution of
the Entertainments Committee." This resolution was transmitted
to the Captains. No reply was reeeived.
On Aug. 2nd the Dramatic Society passed unanimously
the following complaints addressed to the Captains :
1) In its Constitution the E. C. is entirely unrepresen-
tative, in this way differing from other committees in which the
Camp organisations controlled are represented by their offieers.
2) It has accumulated large funds and regards the finan-
cial aspeet of its affairs as of primary importance.
3) It permits the payment of large sums of money for the
hire of costumes and effects by such persons as secure from
it the use of the Hall, giving them at the same time the free
use of all effects manufactured by the industry of members
of the R. D.S. We, on the other hand are fully co<nvincedl
that excellent entertainment for all classes of persons in turn
may be given by ourselves and others with very modest outlay,
and have ourselves shown the way in this respect. It is entirely
against the interest of our country that money should go out-
side for the hire of things that could be made here.
4) It grants large sums of money to persons or bodies
undertaking to amuse the Camp, this money being partly ex-
pended in payment of work which might be voluntary. In our
opinion money should only be expended upon materials, or upon
labour for which volunteers cannot be öbtained. This society
has never found any difficulty in obtaining volunteers for work
of a purely manual and uninteresting nature.
5) The Costumes and effects made by the R. D. S. and now
controlled by the E. C. are negl'ected and, further, are applied
to purposes other than entertainment in the Hall.
6) The E. C. appears to be without a secretary, and its
decisions are not regularly communicated formally and "without
delay to the organisations interested.
7) It undertakes costly structural alterations to the stage
and scenery, without competent advice and consultation of the
interests of all concerned.
We trust that you will therefore see your way to recon-
struct the ^Committee on a satisfactory basis. We have invited
other Camp ^Organisations to confer with us in order to fo|r-
mulate proposals for reconstruction, and to suggest general rules
for the guidance of the Committee.
No reply was received to. this.
On Aug. llth, the repräsentatives of the Societies met
and draf ted the following letter to Captain Powell :
"The following Societies, the Ruhleben Dramatic Society, the
Musical Society (including Orchestra). the Irish, French and German
Societies, hereby beg to inform the Captains of the Camp that failing
the dismemberment of the present Entertainments Committee and its
complete re-formation along the lines submitted to the Captains, the
above-mentioned Societies will cease activities in the Camp dating from
Saturday, Aug. 14^- (Signed by the Secretaries of the Various Societies)"
At this point a Captain informed the Societies that Mr.
Powell had never submitted the question for discussion at the
Captains' Meeting nor had he announced to them the receipt
of the two letters and accordingly the letter was withheld
for 24 hours. It was then sent in and Mr. Powell called the
representatives of the Societies together, informed them that
the letter was nbthing less that an Ultimatum and demanded its
On consideratism of the fact that even yet the matter
had not been laid before the Captains' Meeting and not wishing
to prejudice the matter in their eyes, the letter was withdrawn
until Sunday 15th.
On Aug. 16th, Mr. Thorpe informed the Societies that
the Entertainments Committee had been entrusted with the
formation of a new Committee. He proposed that the Com-
mittee should consist of the following : Chairman, Capt. Thorpe ;
Vice-Chairman, Capt. Turnbull. Two outside members to be
nominated by Mr. Turnbull and himself : Messrs. Tapp and
Roker, and two members to be nominated by the Societies.
As this proposal meant that the Committee would consist
of six nominees of the Captains' Office as against two nominees
of the Societies controlled, the letter with regard to cessation
of activities was again delivered to the Captains. On the
following morning Mr. Thorpe met the Societies and offered
to increase the number of the Societies' representatives to three,
this was the utmost concession he could make. He also stated
that the Captains' object on principle to representation.
Accordingly the Societies are doing no more work in the
Camp until they reoeive the representation they demand and
the Entertainments Committee produces a füll Balance-Sheet.
Just previous to going to press (Wednesday August 25th)
the Societies offered to accept Mr. Thorpe's proposed com-
mittee with the amendment that the Societies have four reprä-
sentatives, one for the R. D. S., one for Music, one for the
Irish & German, and one for the French and presumably the
Mr. Thorpe, in whose hands the matter has been placed
solely by the Captains, is now considering this proposal.
(For further discussion of this matter- see "Holes
THIS YEAR, NEXT YEAR -
'T'HIS year, next year, now or never;
■*■ That's the question — shall we ever
See the spuds and onions growing
In the cabbage patch at home?
Watch the kiddies gaily blowing
Bubbles from the soapy foam?
Sitting by the fireside fender
Roasting chestnuts on the ember —
(Sweet the memory, and tender) —
You and wifey — you remember.
This year, next year, now or never;
That s the — damn it ! — Shall we ever ?
> . ,
A\ />i P
IT is generally understood, that the weird sounds \ve have
had inflicted upon us during the past fortnight, by Mr. Jacko,
on the extraordinary new instrument, are the results of earnest
endeavours to put into practice his conception of Mr. Leigh
Henry's Futurist Theories.
ABOU7 the photo of the Baby, a contributor takes us
to task for advertising for the fond parent, "when everyone
knows that the one and only Dadd can be round at any time
in Barrack 10, Gartenplatz — applying overload tests to other
people's deck-chairs". We apologise. We never think of great
things at the right moment.
CONGRATULATIONS to Mr. Anstey for choosing the song
"Anchored" with which to delight us, at a recent Promenade
Concert. The title seemed to describe our plight here very aptly.
WE understand that the "Trial by Jury" is to be given
shortly. It is surely time to protest, haven't we enough trials
as it is, without inflicting more upon ourselves ? We should
have thought that of all the operas of the immortal Savoyards;
"Patience" was the one to suit Ruhleben.
A friend of ours, wh-o suffers agonies from indigestion,
caused no doubt through living on a tinned diet, has in con-
sequence a red and inflamed complexion. This is not his only
woe, he teils us that innumerable persons have accosted him!,
much to his annoyance, and in mysterious whispers asked "How
did you get it in?"
WILL readers please note that we have still a few copies
of Nos. .1, 3 and 5, which may be had at their original' price
on application to the Printing Office. Copies of the French plays
"Un Opere Sans Douleur" and "L'Anglais — tel qu'on le parle"
are also to be had at the same office, price 35 Pf. each.
ON another page we give a history of the events which
Jiave led up to the "strikie" of the dramatic societies and the
orchestra but fiave refrained from prejudicing the mere recital
ot the facts by any eomments of our own.
The dispute is one of vital interest to the Camp, because
the issue will affect the future attitude of the Captains to the
Camp. The two most noteworthy features of the affair are the
Captains' objection to the principle of representation on committees
and secondly Mr. Powell's treatment of letters handed to him as
the representative of the Captains' Office.
On Aug. 2nd a Ietter from' the Dramatic Society setting*
forth their complaints with regard to the Entertainments Com-
mittee was handed to Mr. Powell but on Aug. 12 th, it appeared
that he had spoken of that Ietter to only three of his brother
captains and !had never put the matter before a Captains' mee-
ting. We foelieve that Mr. Powell declares this to be an oversight
but we know he has not apologised for the oversight, unfortunate
and liable to misconstruction as it was. We hope that Mr.
Powell will realise that even from its Captain of Captains the
Camp expects civility and must insist on having it.
Mr. Thorpe has suggested the following committee: Chair-
man: Capt. Thorpe; Vice-Chairman: Capt. Turnbull, Messrs. Willis
and Cotterill as "outside members" but nominated by Mr. Thorpe,
Messrs. Tapp and Roker, also nominated by Mr. Thorpe and
three members to be nominated by the combined societies con-
This is to say, the Captains' Office is to nominate six
members and the Societies, the people who, mark you, do the
work, are to nominate lonly three. Do the Captains seriously
suppose that so autocratic an idea as this will be entertained
by their fellow-prisoners ?
If we 'may venture to make a Suggestion which we think
would satisfy all parties, we propose that the Committee be
composed of nine members as follows, Chairman: Mr. Thorpe,
who is deservedly populär with us all, four members nominated
by him as representing the Captains' Office, four members nominated
by the Societies. Thus we should have a committee which would
preserve the Camp from the boiling over of dramatic-enthusiasm
and at the same time from a too (drastic interference of the
Captains' Office in our Camp Entertainments.
WE are gl'ad to hear that our Iatest Camp undertakings,
the R. X. D. and the Supplies Delivery are both flourishing.
The Express delivery has delivered during the month dating
from July 19th to August 19 th 5151 letters and post cards.
The best days, that is to say
the busiest days, for our Camp
postmen are Mondays & Tuesdays
but Committee meetings and the
arrival of goods ordered at the
canteen has much to do with the
state of the post boxes. Their
record day was August. l st , on
which the R. X. D. delivered no
less tham 559 Communications
The Camp magazine has of course
provided a great deal of work,
989 copies of No. 5 were ordered
for instance, and the round thou-
sand taken over by the R. X. D.
was sold by them. At all events
the future of the R. X. D. is secure.
By the way we hear it is
just possible that the new Enter-
tainments Committee will give our
idea of ordering theatre tickets
through the Camp post a trial.
The Stores delivery Co is
also well on its legs now and
is supplying a long-felt want. Its
record day was last Saturday,
when it delivered 260 orders
to a value of over M. 400. —
Saturdaj- is of course the busiest day and for that day alone
the staff is increased (by -6 'messengers, bringing the total num-
ber to 12.
The numlber fc>f orders is increasing at an everage
10 per day, and the new concern is now paying its way.
BY the way, another Suggestion to the new Entertainments
Committee, whatever its Constitution, for two nights in the week
preserve us from our friends, that is to say allow no, entertainment
or lecture to take place and throw the hall open for smoking
and a free and easy smoking-concert if the men care to arrange
ENGLISH students of German in the Camp will be interested
to hear that Mr. Stein is forming a new society to be called the
the Ruhleben Society for German Drama and Literature. Among
those who are responsible for the new society are a number of
the gentlemen concerned in the excellent production of Dr. Klaus,
and some members of the English Dramatic Societies. The new
Society is keen on of fering opportunities to the student of
bettering his acquaintance with the German language and lite-
rature. Besides interesting itself in the production of plays, the
society will arrange evenings devoted to German literature.
Mr. Stein will be pleased to receive names of those
wishing to join.
A special meeting of the Dramatic Society was held in
the shed on Friday last. Mr. Woodthorpe who had called the
meeting moved the following resolution; — "That Mr. Powell
be asked to offer a written apology for his not having acknow-
Iedged the Society's letters, and that upon receipt of his apology
the R. D. S. withdraw its Ultimatum and recommence negotiations
for the reconstruction of the Entertainments Committee". In mo-
ving Mr. Woodthorpe suggested ,as a possible Solution that Mr.
Thorpe's Suggestion as to the Constitution of a committee viz
Captain Thorpe, Captain Turnbull, Messrs. Willis, Cotterill,
Tapp & Roker (all nominees of the Captains' office) and three
representatives of the combined societies be adopted, Messrs.
Tapp & Roker to have no vote.
Mr. Reynolds seconded the motion and severely criticised
the committee for their action in ceasing activity as they had
Mr. Danhorn retorted that the gentlemen who had brought
forward the hiotion had a chance of speaking at the last
meeting but had not evem voted against the strike. He criticised
those people who while still attending the R. D. S. mieetings
and not even voting against a strike when given the chance,
were all the timei arranging . a black-leg show — Mr. Hersee
was the offender he referred to.
Eventually Messrs Woodhorpe & Reynolds resigned their
membership of the society and walked out of the meeting, and
a second later Messrs. Hersee & Crossland followed suit amid applause.
A resolution declaring the meeting's entire confidence in
the Committee & its actions was passedunanimously.
WE are sorry that Mr. Higginson's little holiday prevented
our including his portrait among the gentlemen who have made
our theatre possible for us but we shall "snap" him for next time.
"Hulloh, Bill, Where are you off to now?"
"I'm going to be measured for another 5^^'
"I suppose youMI go to Steinbock again. It's surprising,
nearly everybody goes there. Why is that?"
"Well, you see, if you want a really good suit and don't
want to spend much money, that's the place for you to go.
"How is it that fellow makes everything so cheap ; does
he pinch his l cloth? ,,
"Nonsense Jack, he doesn't pinch it, but he gets his cloth
from wholesale manufacturers in large quantities and besides,
he works on the American System."
"I think you're right, I shall go to Steinbock at the Grand
Stand Hall too next time. Good-bye." ADVT.
"THE FRIÜOLITY" RUHLEBEN.
BUT you must have got awfully fed-
üp in the evenings surely?"
"Oh no we had heaps to do as
a rule. We played chess or read and then
once or twice a week we went to the theatre.
"The theatre? Oh I suppose you
mean you had amateur shows eh?"
"Well they were amateur shows cer-
tainly but the theatre was quite a well-
"Oh of course I forgot, Ruhleben
was a race course and a sort of cafe
chantant in the evenings in peace times
I suppose. But it was rather a bit of
luck being jugged in a place with a
"""^^ theatre wasn't it."
wasn't a place with a
- we were jugged first and
then we made the theatre."
"Made a theatre? Rather a
tall order, what ?"
"Oh we didn't find it so. We
were an extraordinary conglomera-
tion of people at Ruhleben and
there were really very few things
we couldn't have tackled. We ran
quite a good university there, for
mstance and we had a regulär
school with over a thousand schol-
ars. We were nibs at languages
I can teil you. It was awfully
funny; the first idea with regard
to getting rid of Time that Struck
us was swotting some beastly lan-
guage, and I should say half the
camp sweated away at some lingo
or other. It was a collection!
The weirdest lot of Englishmen
I've ever Struck. Quite a crowd
of them didn't speak English at
all and used to give lessons in
whatever lingo the knewn in
return for instruction in their
mother - tongue. I got quite a
nut at Spanish myself. You could
learn anything f rom French to Chinese. Why hang it ! we used
to run the blessed theatre itself in three languages."
"I say that must have been rather a trial, what? I suppose
the chaps who didn't speak English spoke their own languages eh ?
I remember hearing an opera like that, the tenor proposed
in Italian and the heroine accepted him in Gennan — still
it didn't make so much differenoe after all — didn't undersdand
either of 'em myself."
"Don't be dense you ass ! I mean we had plays played
entirely in English, German, or French."
"Oh, I see ! But that wasn't half so sporting as if you'd
mixed 'em all up on the same stage!'' Blut look here you
dont mean tosay you really built a theatre!"
"Rather oomfy little place if you blew a tanner for a
stall, though the fourpenny upper circle wasn't so special. You
see in front of the race oourse there was a big grand- stand
and underneath was a large hall that was used as a refreshment
place in peaoe times. Well you see we got hold of this hall
and built a stage — put a few chairs in and some benches,
and there you are !"
"Must have taken no end of a time to fit up, what?"
"Oh it got along bit by bit, but to my mind the first days
were much more sporting. I was a scene shifter at "Thingumybob
& the Lion" by Whatshisname, you know, the chap who wrote
"The Superman". Awful bilge too except the lion bit of it
and the heroine. S'he really did get a reception I can teil
you. First wench we'd seen for five months do you wonder
at it? Queer looking little kiddy off the stage too, one of
these young nuts who read Homer for fun" ! I
remember everybody expected to be most fright-
fully bored but it wasn't half bad. The way they
got things going was certainly something marvellous.
A fellow called Kapp started it, awful chap,
so beastly energetic, used to make me tired to
look at him, but he certainly had ideas.
"What Struck nie most about that first Per-
formance, I remember, was the footlights. They
were candles with Condensed milk tins as shades
behind them, and when the scene had to be chan-
ged they just pulled a string and the lights turned
round and shone right in your eyes, so that you
couldn't see the chaps changing the scene —
you oould hear 'em cussin' sometimes though,
when they dropped a hammer or something. And
the lion was really great; they made a mask
out of bits of cloth and paint and pinched some-
body's für gloves for the paws, and really he
was quite as good as the beast I saw in Town,
and far more sportnig. By the way, some blighter
pinched the lion's head later on — awful row
about it. One ot the captains was implicated,
so I understand.
' But look here how did you manage plays
"Oh we managed that all right, you see
when we couldn't get any scenery at first, we
hung curtains round the stage, and told each other
that we didn't like conventional scenery and that
symbolical curtains were much better. I remember Mr. E
one chap, Henry Leigh, I think he called himself, one of those
futurist johnnies you know, put on "As you like it" with green
curtains and blue music ; no end of a rag it was ! But later on
we got regulär scenery and flies and f lats and battens, and borders,
and prosceniums and auditoriums and what-not galore.
Have you ever been beKind, I don't mean in the Green
room, but behind. Awfully weird looking hole, behind the stage,
You see it was like this, »round the back of the stage were
canvas screens which were painted over and over again according
to whether you wanted a "Yummy-yummy propose to her in
the corner" soene, or a storm at sea. Then along the top are
laid two screens which form a oeiling, and which you just
pulled up on end when you didn't want 'em — thought ourselves
no end of nuts, when we got that moveable ceiling. And then
there were bits of canvas hanging lacross the top of the stage,
which they call borders, which were painted, so that when
you looked up from the audience you thought you were looking
up into the sky, or green trees, or whatever the painting johnnies
had put there. Then we made (no- end of progress with the foot-
lights ; we got electric lights, red, white or blue, so that we
got any lighting effects we wanted. Of course there were electric
things stuck here and there in the floor, so that if you wanted
to light a red-paper fire in the grate, you just took a bulb
and a bit of wire, and stuck the plug into one of these holes
in the floor. Then the limelight was great fun. They built a
sort of platform just under the roof ; the aeroplane, we used
to call it ; and a chap used to sit on this, with his f eet
dangling over the audiences' heads, and wangle a very powerful
light so that he could follow the hero about the stage with a
searchlight and make sure we didn't lose him in the crowd.
The chaps who used to look after the light, let me see, what
did they call 'em — oh yes I remember, — Henry and Baxter,
were Marconi men, and of course, no end of nuts at messing
about with wires, and lights, and switchboards and things. They
fixed a telephone from the aeroplane up in the roof down
to the back of the stage. Then, my boy, we had a special
sunrise box ! Never did understand that thing myself , but old
Kindersley used to call it the "dimmer". At first the light was
faint, and then it got brighter and brighter, tili you kidded
yourself the old sun was just round the corner of the left wing.
"But look here, that's the sort of thing you get at a regulär
"Well so it was a regulär theatre, except' for old
Thingumbob's oostume, what do they call that wench — you
know — the lass in "As you like it" that dressed up in boy's
togs — a little rosy-cheeked kid named King played it. Anyway
Roker, and he was a professional who had produced ballets
and pantomines and whatnots, told me that our little camp
theatre was as well equipped as many provincial theatres. He
took me round one day, I remember and explained how the
scenery all fitted into slots in the beams at the top of the
stage, so that the chaps who were changing the furniture could
do so while the scenery was being altered without the two sets
of 'em falling over each other. He talked an awful lot about
flies and wings and things, and I didn't understand half he
said — but anyway don't interrupt with silly questions.
"Yes, but look here, what did you do for furniture ?
"Furniture? Oh we made that out of sugar-boxes, and
biscuit-tins, most of it, and the dresses we made ourselves, too ;
but I can't explain all that. Oh, I know — I've got some
copies of the camp rag lying about somewhere. There were
some articles about all that sort of thing in it. 111 let you see
Eh? Well, hang it, lf we could run a regulär theatre, surely
we could run a magazine. Why the theatre used to run the
beastly thing by itself, for it was always jam-full of criticisms
of plays we hadn't seen and therefore didn't want to read abouF,
or plays we had seen, and had all the more reason for not
wanting to read about 'em. But do shut up ! How do you
suppose I can teil you how we spent our time if you go on
interrupting like this. As I was saying, we played chess, or
we swotted languages, or etc., etc., etc. SPINTHO.
The R.D.S., the R.D.S., —
Where coy Lavinia coo'ed and preached,
Where Holmes cleared up a horrid mess,
Where Enid sobbed, and Phoebe schreeched ;
A smile celestial gilds it yet,
But all except the smile is set.
Who can forget the icy thrill
When Spintho formed the "Lion's share"?
Do not sweet memories linger still
Of artful Lady Sis so fair?
What scene could ever make us shake
Like Adler and the Sprockled Snake?
The RD.S., the R.D.S , —
Tears blind me at the thought of Ros-
Alind s attenuated dress,
And Hymen's chaste Maud Allan pose,
And Cattermole, — and then, the pri-
Vate secretary's eyel
The master of the house we've had;
But where's the master builder gone?
HE stays alive, (if somewhat mad)
At least until the play's near done.
We ve had some things we didn't like :
But "Phipps" was nectar to a strike !
Oh R.D.S., dear R.D.S , -
The Silver Box and Bailad Mong-
Er gave us all true cause to bless
Your work with no uncertain trsngue.
And though internal strife might rage,
All went like clockwork on the stage.
But now a rabble fills the hall,
Where once the lofty-browed and wise
Were wont to take a tanner stall
And praise, expound or criticize.
Their seats are now profaned, worse luck!
The R.D.S-, alas, has STRUCK!
LAWN TENNIS IN RUH LEBEN.
SCMEWHAT late in the season, it is true, yet not too late
to provide two to thlree months' good exercise and keen sport,
Lawn-Tennis has been added to the sports in Ruhleben.
Judging by the popularity of the courts, and the number
of players who have joined the Association, the facilities for
play now provided must be very welcome to many sportsmen
in the Camp.
The first tennis court was finished on July the 16th.
Since thien the number of courts has, owing to the large demand,
been increased to seven, of which we can say that not one
is ever out of use for ten minutes during the hours available
The courts themselves have proved quite satisfactory. The
surface is, if a little too soft, not unpleasantly rough or unyielding,
and in play the slight slan't of the raoe track is not great
enough to prove a disturbing element or a hindrance to accurate
placing. Tennis courts ought nghtly to be laid out in the
North-South direction, but as it was impossible to adhere to
this rule, the players are facing the sun and the deficiences in
light very cheerfully. Unfortunately the light will grow worse
and not better as the season draws on. But perhaps most of
the players will have grown fairly accustomed to it by that time.
Almost every barrack is represented in the Tennis Asso-
ciation, Barrack 10 coming per-
haps most prommently to the
fore in this, as in other sports.
It is strong numerically and need
further be in no fear of not hav-
ing lts reputation well upheld.
Apart from Masterman, whose
play has already afforded us a
new proof of his all round abili-
ty as a sportsman, and proved
him one of the best players in
Ruhleben, Gilbert, Kindersley,
Harrison, Molony, Rupell and
others would form a useful team,
which would be difficult to beat
by any other barrack in the
camp. I seem to have forgotten
one player who well deserves
mention. H. H. Swift, who im-
pressed me considerably the first
time I saw him by the serene
audacity of this footfaults! I only hope he won't lose his service
altogether, when he finds himself being footfaulted in match play.
Barrack 8 has contributed a larger quota of players than
most of the others, nearly all of whom play a good game.
Maxwell, however, who learnt his tennis in Switzerland in easily
the best among them, and indeed one of the half-dozen strongest
players in the camp. Of the rest, Macintosh has the most
pleasing style, and promises to make good progress. The same
applies to Fachirt of Barrack 7, whose style, however, while
delightful to watch, greatly exceeds his inclination to run about
Moresby White, Brown, Saunders and Aiston seem to
be Barrack 11 's & 7's keenest Lawn-Tennis players, and have
already made visible progress, Brown in particular attracting
attention by a hurricane drive ; very dif f icult f or an Opponent
to take, but unfortunately not always quite easy to execute.
(We hope, incidentally, that the delivery of our Enghsh parcels
offioe is not suffering from the devotion of its workers to tennis !).
The "Phoenix Club'' has undertaken to represent Barrack 5.
And indeed some of its members are hardly ever absent from
the courts. Ludlow has taken to tennis as keenly as he did
to Rounders and cricket, without apparently entertaining any
fears of detrimental effect to wrist or fingers.
O'Hara Murray's reputation as a tennis player is of long
standing, and if he is not in form as yet, his play has at
least oertainly not discredited it.
In the course of the season one or two tournaments will
probably be arranged (without prizes being considered a necessary
incentive to English sportsmen, I hope). These will undoubtedly
do a great deal towards stimulating the interest of the tennis
players, and will, I hope, also provide good entertainment to
many interested spectators.
s G. K. L.
"THE RUH LEBEN WHO'S WHO."
WE intend to enlarge on the ideas of the Lancastrian Society,
who have published a list of their members' names and
addresses (to be had prioe 50 Pfgs. at our office — advt.), and
oompile a sort of combined Directory and Who's Who for the
persons interned in the whole Camp.
In a few days a printed sheet of questions will be given
to everybody and it is hoped that these will be returned to
this office correctly filled in. When published the data thus
gathered should form ai valuable work of reference and no
novelist's, or begging-letter writer's desk should be without it.
We publish below a| list of the queries :
1 . Name.
2. Nickname used in Camp (as Stiffy, Tabby, Gobbler,
3. Address (for this purpose, certain quarters of Barrack 11
are considered temporary).
4. Name of your Club. (Corner House, Phoenix, Bessere
5. Are you or have you ever been Captain of a Barrack ?
6. Reasons of your resignation.
7. Are you a Super or Sub man?
8. Pastimes or Hobbies (as Cricket, Football, attending,
lectures, circulating rumours, etc.).
9. How many measles did you have ?
10. Highest score made at Cricket?
11. Greatestnumber of hours you? have "done"?
12. Number of "Pots"y° u carried off at the sports?
1 3. Are you member of Mr. Dix' pot- reducing class?
14. Give brief account
of the unique
ed you getting
away from Ger-
many on the
eve of the war.
15. Do you possess
any linked Or-
nament of gold?
16. Are you down-
STOLEN MIDNIGHT INTERVIEWS.
Wo. 2. The O'Sulllvan of Ballysport.
THE express postman knocked at the O'Sullivan's palatial
abode near Bond Street.
"What the deuce do you want, young shaver?" growled
a voice from the intenor.
"Urgent Letter for you, sir".
"Eh ? What ? The Spectral Dustman wants to interview
me at midnight for the 'I.R.C does he? Do I get a medal
or a silver cup for allowing him the privilege, young man, eh ?"
"Don t know, sir. Yer oughter have one, sir!'
"Alright" growled the voice again. "Teil him tp come.
111 be awake (softly), if I'm not asleep."
The ornamental lakes near Bond Street reflected dully
the starlit sky. The dustman walked slowly along the banks,
wailing for the witching hour which should send him to his
interview with the Ballysport. He bagan to muse — suddenly
the air was filled with ghostly figures ! Some f litted in various
directions, holding beautif ully engraved silver cups bef ore them ;
halos of medals surrounded them ; some were running, some rowing,
some pulling, and some firing starting pistols into the midst
of a spirit-like, short-dressed crowd — — Boom ! Twelve of
them. \ j ■ ;•'''.!
With a resounding clang on the massive door, the dustman
requested admittance to the home of the O'Sullivan.
It was granted.
"Oh! so you're this spectral fellow, are you?" said the
owner when he saw his interviewer. "Have you brought your
medal along ?"
So sorry, Ballysport, but I haven't done anything to
deserve one yet — except that I am living in Ruhleben" meekly
answered the dustman.
You haven't eh ? Well, come to me for instruction, and in
a few days you'll deserve sufficient cups and medal, to furnish
a house with."
The O'Sullivan delivered himself of this offer while standing
against his massive four-poster, his hands moving resflessly
in his pockets, a cigarette burning furiously in his mouth, and
his eyes glancing longingly at a two-litre pot of tea standing
on the massive table.
Now he continued, "I suppose you want to know what
I've done and what I am, eh?"
Without waiting for an answer, the O'Sullivan sat down
on his massive chair and began the relating of his Performances.
Well, it was I (accented strongly), who first starled that
bally sporting idea of having races for medals and prizes. A
medal, y'know, especially a massive one, something tangible
in its appearance, and I (accented strongly) don't believe in
holding any contest without some reward being held out a\.
the finish — like the carrot held up before the donkey. Then,
of course, I (strongly accented) suggested having Great Sport,
a whole week of it, with a glittering array of silver at the
end. It was a splendid Suggestion (Growing enthusiastic) you
remember how everyone turned up to back the winner —
or tried to ?"
The dustman nodded his head sadly.
"The only trouble ', continued the massive one, "was that
this medal fever spread enormously. Some fellows, who could
not win a race by any fair means and thus gain a prize grew
horribly jealous and began to want a medal for being among
the race of people in Ruhleben. I had to support this move-
ment, because everyone was acquainted with my passion for
medals and, therefore, relied upon my massive strength to provide
arguments in its favour."
His interviewer looked very sad on heanng this confession.
He remembered some meetings, principally in thje open-air, where
massive arguments had been used.
"You know, also" went on the Ballysport, "that I like
a long pull between — - "
The dustman glanced round for the flask.
"Oh no', my friend. I don't mean what you mean ! It is
a strong tug-of-war pull, with medals for the winners and
10 to 1 on my team, If they lose — well ,there you are!"
"I also have another idea.'' He paused. The dustman looked
at the massively built figure of the Great Sport and wondered
how so many ideas were produced.
He continued. "When the Ruhleben Lake Distnct reaches
high water mark again. I propose training crews for the eights',
Oxford fashion, don't you know, old fellah."
It was remarkable how that inimitable Oxford accent
appeared in the O'Sullivan's mode of speech when he mentioned
that famous 'Varsity, which has given so many men to make
the 'tone' of this city. For a time, no word was spoken, the
dustman being afraid to Interrupt the thoughts of one who
was a chosen trainer of England's proudest and most exclusive
At last, the O'Sullivan heaved a massive sigh. "You know,"
he said, "it's a fine thing to be the O'Sullivan of Ballysport,
a colonial-born," an Oxford-'man', a great power in the sportmlg
world of the city, a backer of all sure things, a co-worker
in physical culture, a trainer of pulling teams, a starter of the
best, an organiser of all branches of athleticism for medals
and cups, a sträng believer in the power of reward for effort,
a non-believer in the value of sport, without a pnze to stimulate
the will, and, best of all, a true blue to the backbone."
A dank of arms ! The O'Sullivan turned as pale as his
bronzed countenance would allow, turned out the dustman and
closed the massive door with a bang. The Ballysport had re-
venged his inquisitor by sending him into the arms of the sentry
— nearly. THE SPECTRAL TUSTMAN.
After the pause during the hot weather, these
CAMP SERVICES recommence on Wednesday
Sept. 1 st at 7 p. m. The Speakers during September
will be as follows:
Sept 1 st Arthur Howard.
„ 8 th E. FL F. Simmons.
» 15 th H. M. Andrews.
„ 22 na .... /. D. Ketchum.
« 29 th A. J. Kemp.
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ENGLI8H TOFFEE: 2 packets 15 Pfg. at Ruhleben Stores.
I vu0i*«w I^HflH^^HM
gave us some
strong in the
humour in the broad
The other members of the cast,
for individual mention, were all
well up to Scratch. Messrs. Leopold Stein and
J. M. Boyd, who were responsible for scenic
effects, are to be congratulated on their success.
In expressing our appreciation to the Society
and to Mr. Stein we venture to hope that,
should they decide on another production, they
will not be too modest in their choice of a play.
They have at their disposal a number of very
capable men, strongest in character parts, and
German hterature is rieh enough in real humour
to obviate any necessity of the production of
such artificial, barren stuff as Dr. Klaus. If they
can do so well under the handicap of a plot of
no intrinsic interest, diluted by sentiment thatjs
largely bathos, what mightn't they do with —
to mention only a couple, very tentatively —
Der zerbrochene Krug, Die Journalisten, or (with
judicious cutting) Der Biberpelz? H. M.
BOTH the stage manage-
ment and the acting of
Dr. Klaus — given, we wi-
derstand under the auspices
of the German Society, and
produced by Mr. Joseph
Stein — were excellent.
Messrs. Esders and Moeder
made their debut in femmi-
nine parts, and deserved all
the enthusiasm they aroused.
Mr. Alfred Volke was
title role- Mr.
J. P. WHARTON was a
good friend of mine, but I think
I am correct in stating that he
valued his overcoat more than
anything in the world — after my
fnendship of course — . It
certainly was a wonderful creation,
a lovely , long , tight - fitting,
deep - chested, double - breasted,
well-cut brown ulster, with all
the necessary fittings and ap-
purtenances thereto, everything
finished off in the very best
Bond Street style. Wharton
unfortunately left it one day in
the common meeting shed, and
though he remembered it even
before he had got as far as
the Pond Stores and went back
at once , he was too late.
It had vanished. Useless to ad-
vertise for it, for who would
bring back an overcoat like that, even if the taker had been
an honest man previously. Useless to look up the advertisers
of the many coats for sale, for who would seil a stolen coat —
He was broken-hearted.
Then one day, he saw it. He was Coming out of the
debate on "Honesty in Public Life" and saw it just in fronft
of him, doing its best to cover a large and powerfully built
Seaman. For a moment he stood stock-still, overcome by the
sight, then with a hoarse cry he rushed off, determined to
throw himself on the blackguard and tear the coat off his
back, or die in the attempt.
But as he got nearer, he changed his mind. It seemed
to him the chances were lall on his dyir\g, the man was so
very powerful. No, this was clearly not a case for force
but for diplomacy. So instead of throttling the stranger, he
got into conversation with him, asked if he had been to the
debate. Said that personally he did not believe in honesty,
as a matter of fact. The other agreed. Told Wharton he
took what he could get, more or less, down here at any rate.
They all do in our barrack.
"Oh! What barrack is that?"
"Barrack 17 B Loft. We've the snuggest corner in the
whole Camp. You must come up there one evening."
"So I will" said Wharton grimly, but the time he chose
was not the evening. It was dinner-time when all the barrack
had gone for soup.
It was a glorious day, and even the gloomy loft of
Barrack 17 seemed to breathe life in cleanliness. The sunbsams
Coming through the little windows played stränge pranks in
there, poking their noses over rafters, into dark corners, dancing
round chairs, running under lines of drying linen and crowding
round a mattress, where, all illuminated by their fiery faces,
lay in all its splendour — Wharton's overcoat.
Wharton looked round. Except for a sick man, apparently
asleep, some five or six mattresses off, the room seemed empty.
With a quick movement he bent over, and picked the coat up.
He was just going to move off when a voice hailed him. A
big, burly, brutal voice it was, the kind of voice a buffalo
or one's conscienoe would have. "Put that coat down," it
said. He turned round. It was the sick man who was sitting
up with a nicely balanoed clog in one hand.
Wharton and his coat were outside the loft door quicker
than greased lightning.
his overcoat as
How he smiled
How he crowed over
he brought in into the box!
as he laid it on the bed!
he stroked it!
But suddenly the outstretched hand
contracted, twitched spasmodically. He had
feit something sticky nasty. He put his
hand gingerly in the pockets and withdrew
them empty, dirty. Only in the breast -pocket
was M. 28. — in small notes, and — a flea.
With a groan he picked up the coat
again, and prepared to go out.
"Wat are you going
to do?" we asked, for he
looked desperate. . .•'.">
"Take it back. It's no x N \
use to me any longer" he -•'.-.
"But you cannot take
it now. The culprit will
be there. There may be
trouble. Wait tili tea-time,"
we broke out in chorus,
"You are right" he said mournfully, and we crept silently
out, leaving him to his overcoat and his sorrow.
At tea-time he crept sadly back to Barrack 17. There
was no-one there this time, and even the sick man had gone
— let us hope he was dead. Silently and solemnly he laid
the overcoat on the bed again. Then with a mournf ul smile
he pulled out a little slip of paper and pinned it on to the
coat. The note read :
To one overcoat M. 28. —
Reoeived with thanks. 18. 8. 15.
And then in big, bold letters, the initials : R. I. P.
THE BATTLE - AXE.
The shades of night were faliing fast,
They were without a doubt;
'Twas half past nine within the loft
And just as late without.
As I retur ed to "shlafen gehen"
(I sleep in the corner dim) —
In murderous attitude I saw
My neighbour, Cockney Jim.
In his sinewy hands an axe he grasped,
'Twas thrown behind his Shoulder;
One moment more, some victim sure
Would soon grow cold and colder.
My heroic blood within rae boiled,
As I caught his villainous gaze ;
I rushed on him and caught his arm,
Thus lengthening somebody's days.
"Bloodthirsty wretch ! is that your game
To chop off somebody's head?"
But he replied; "Gaw blimey no!
l'm miking me bloomin* bed '.
THE following order
has been lssuid by the
mihtary authonties: —
The interned are herewith informed that lt is forbidden
to give Orders to businesses outside of the Camp for food and
other articles which are sold by the Camp Canteens. This
appües to all Orders, without exception, whether given by one
person, alone, or by several persons collectively.
The Censors have received Instructions to keep back all
letters containing such Orders, and the Parcel Post authorities
will not deliver parcels, the contents of which come under
the above heading, and which have been despatched by businesses
in reply to demands from persons interned in the Camp.
LETTERS to Neutral countries may not be longer than
two sides of one of the sheets of Official Camp letter paper.
Letters to England and Germany continue as before.
EVERYONE is allowed two of the new Parcel acknow-
ledgment cards each week in addition to his one postcard.
Nothing must be written on the parcel cards except the bare
particulars of the parcel acknowledged otherwise the card will
he distroyed. The cost is 5 pfg. for 6 cards.
THE rooms in the first Grand Stand, formerly used as the
Dry Goods Stores, have now been turned into a fully
equipped Dental Surgery. All the most modern appliances have
been purchased and the Surgery is in the hands of two fully
qualified Dental Surgeons, Dr. H. Sumner Moore and Dr.
Percy Rutterford. The charges will be as reasonable as is
possible considering that only first class work will be done,
and those men who are not in a position to pay will have
their teeth attended to at the expense of the Briitsh Relief Fund,
but they must not expect, firstly, to have any but really necessary
teeth attended to and, secondly, to have gold fillings where
cheaper material can be used! A consultation fee of M. 1. —
1 ■ I
will be charged which will be deducted from the bill if the
teeth are in need of treatment.
By the time this paper is published the Surgery should
be in füll swing.
THE East end of the large Grand Strand has been turned
into a Cinematograph theatre, which will also be opened by
the time this paper appears. There will be running Performances
if practicable from 9 a. m. tili 6 p. m. daily.
Füll particulars of prices and detailed programmes will
be issued in due course.
THE new shower baths and washing sheds, fitted up on
the site of the old latrines, are now open and are already
proving a ,great benefit to the camp. Windows will also be put
in order to be ready for the cold weather.
ARRANGEMENTS are being mad^
to provide proper
drainage for the
yard in the wet
behind the boiler-
house. When this
has been attended
to a shed is to be
erected for the pur-
pose of installing
a cooking ränge
where men can
take their eggs and
bacon and similar
dehcacies to be
fried, cooked or
boiled as the case
may be. This
should prove a very
during the winter
is being made to
provide the Edu-
ment with the
necessary room to
carry on the large
number of classes which are now being
arranged. The loft of Barracks No. 6 has
unfortunately been taken from us for the
time being, but we hope to have the use
of it again before long.
IT is too early to inform the camp
of all the improvements which we hope
to see made before the winter is upon
as but we should like to make it know
that the following questions are being
thoroughly gone into at the present mo-
ment, viz. the erection of an additional
latrine, a central urinal, additional
heating and lighting, provision of a
clothes drying machine, erection of sheds for smoking and indoor
recreations, supply of bedding and blankets, etc., etc.
MR. RICHARDSON AS
'THE LUCKIEST MAN OF
RICE AND PRUNES.
Where'er you see a barrack wend its way
Towards the kitchen, whistling lively tunes,
Ycu're safe to bet the menu for the day
Is 'rice and prunes*.
No other dinner has such power to impart
A smile, alike to supermen and loons,
As that last triumph of the cooking art —
Boiled rice and prunes.
Let others long for matrimonial bliss
And liberty and such forbidden boons ;
I'm quite content so long as I don't miss
My rice and prunes.
And often at the swill-tub (so it's said)
You'll hear some pious soul who softly croons
A testimonial unsolicited
For rice and prunes.
The very milkman rubs his hands and beams,
To see his pro f its mounting like balloons;
He has no better customer, it seems,
Than rice and prunes.
No doubt we'll all be here a long time yet;
But though we're jugged for twenty thousand moons,
Some day we'll leave, and think with fond regret —
Of rice and prunes.
*T*HANK you, thank you, Cap-
■*■ tains all,
Supermen, and Buttonmen,
Deans of Universities.
Thank you I must
When I think on that
Compared to what shall be,
Or e'en now is,
But why? — Why do you do it ?
Captains all, Supermen, and Button-
Deans of Universities —
What is the axe you're grinding?
Or is it silly love
Of mere publicity?
Is it vain love of petty power,
Or the venal gold that sears?
Or is it honest love of toil —
For poor Humanity?
For you must know
Better than we.
Yet be assured
We feel the truth.
Right here in Camp
By your Fruit
EACH ONE OF YOU
Some of you we HATE,
And some of you we LOVE ',
BOOKS JtAD THE1R BORROWERS.
/ T*HE different communities (says the genial Librarian of the
Ruhleben Public Library) of which the Camp is composed
may be readily recognised by the books which they borrow
from the Library. The members of No. 6 Barrack, for instance,
are insistant in their requests for Crawford's "Mr. Isaacs".
Their near neighbours whose robust appetites have earned for
them the title "The Hungry Eighth" obtain great satisfaction
from the study of Baoon. Following a similar train of thougjit,
though of course in a more refined (and expensive) channel,
frequenters of the Casino call for H. G. Wells' "Food of the
Gods". To No. 13 Conan Doyle's "White Company" makes
a strong appeal ; while Jacob's "Captains All" ! has many friends
among those who formed the now defunct Camp Committee.
During the cold snap Dickens' masterpiece "Bleak House" was
in frequent request by inmates of the Tea House. "Hard Times"
by the same author is called for by the reading public generally.
Among the books upon the Library list, two have failed
altogether to attract readers ; they are Lubbocks "Pleasures
of Life" and Mark Twain's "Roughing It". Those members
of our Community who still remain optimists frequently ask
for Dickens' "Great Expectations ", while their pessimistic brethljen
derive a gloomy satisfaction from the perusal of Charles Reades'
novel "For the Term of Natural Life".
L. E. FILMORE.
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T Tnfortunately rain interfered with last week's programme and
^ as a result th© positions in the tables have not altered
to any great extent. Since the appearance of "No. 5" there
has only been one game of any particular interest, that between
5 and 4; bad fielding lost 5 imany precious runs and lacking
all chances, No. 4 were able to amass 136, Barrack 5 feil
just 5 runs short of the necessary amount thereby suffering
their second defeat of the season.
Fikle fortune dealt severely with No. 4 in the match v.
No. 2 in which No. 2 proved easy winners by 100 runs. —
276 — 177 well done No. 2, bad luck 4!
My next remarks concern the Barrack to which I owe my
apologies the Barracks which although have played one game
less than No. 10 Stands with No. 10 at the top of the table —
No. 7! Barrack 7 has however, I believe, a lot of hard work
before her before she can carry the cricket laureis, Nos. 2, 3
and 5 may cause trouble, whereas 1 1 seems the only possible
stumbling block to No. 10s progress. One would like to see
a hard fight between these teams for the Ruhleben Championship.
It is worthy of note by the way that the only team to beat
7 was 10.
10 secured 336 v. No. 1 and trundled their opponents out
for 38 and 20. Harrison and Crossland batted exoellently for
The second XI games have been most exciting and the
table remains with 10 and 5 at the top. D. G.
REPORT OF THE SCHOOL
Presented at the General Meeting of Teachers on
Sunddy, Jtug. 22**.
T N the four weeks that have ejlapsed since our last meeting,
■■■ the reorganisation then made has in the opinion of the Com-
mittee justified itseif : the general position of the School is
much strenger than it was a month ago. The publication of our
last report and the account of our reorganisation has had a
benef icial effect : the Camp and the Off icials have become
more sympathetic in their attitude as is shown in the fact that
while our Chairman and Mr. Wimpfheimer continue to represent
the Scheel' s interests on the Education Committee, a third
rnember of the School Committee, Dr. Blagden, has been
unanimously called to take a place on the Education Committee.
The Accounts pilaoed before you at the last general meeting
have been settled: and while considerable new expenditure has
been incurred, most of it has ajlready been accepted by the
Education Dept. and a regulär system of accounts has been
set up for the school in that Departments Books. A statement
has not yet been prepared : it will be submitted at a later
But the condition of the school has improved not only in
these respects : the various Department Representatives have
made at least a beginning in the work of Organisation and deve-
lopment. We have to welcome many new Teachers to our
ranks, brough in to cope with the large influx of students who
have been personally interviewed with regard to what classes
they should join. By the end of the week, we are now entering
on, the number of Classes in the school as well as the number
of teachers actually at work will have passed the hundred, while
the number of pupils actually receiving instruction will have
passed the Thousand.
While this record of achievement is one on which we
may congratulate ourselves, it brings us face to face with two
serious problems. 1. How we are to find accommodation for
all these classes when the weather beoomes cold. 2. How we
are to find the money necessary to pay the expenses of this
so considerable Organisation. Both these problems your com-
mittee has kept oontinually under consideration : the Edu-
cation Department is fully aware of the urgency of these questions
and the former question has been personally presented to the
There are points of detail which are perhaps worth men-
tioning here. A pamphlet stating the aims and work of the
Scnool is in preparation, and is already in the hands of the
printer. Steps are being taken with regard to keeping füll class
Registers (temporary registers will be issued this week) and
the question of Examinations is being kept in mind. The Bord
of Education has been asked to supply us with a referenjce
library this and has responded generously, advising us that
several hundred volumes will be despatched from England shortly.
Brief as this report is, it represents when one considers
the dificulties incident to we work in this Camp, a very con-
siderable amount of work and the Committee feel that with
the energetic support of the teachers, the school can look for-
ward to doing work of which it will have every reason to feel
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THE CLUB — A Poem with a Moral.
There was a little man
And he built a little den
Right along the wall of Barrack Seven, Seven, Seven,
And there he and his friends,
A collection from all ends
Of the earth, came and thought they were in heaven,
But alack! Here comes the rub.
For that nutty little club —
I must teil you first the hut was built of wood, wood,
The musicians wandered in wood. —
All day long and made a din
In fact they made the vilest din they could, could, could-
And then there was a row
And a mighty big pow-wow
Was held by the angry ones.of Seven, Seven, Seven.
And the war-cry went around
"Let us raze it to the ground!" —
This they did, and sent the little man to — heaven,
W. N. G.
MORE PERVERTED PROVERBS FOR PRISONERS.
Sept. I. WED. It takes a wise man to make a Captain.
„ 2. THUR. A Badge in the hand is worth two in the bush.
„ 3. FRI. Faint heart ne'er won Casino-schein.
„ 4. SAT. Set a-hen to catch a co-hen.
M 5. SUN. Sufficient unto the day is the soup thereof.
„ 6. MON. All's fair in love and Dramatic Societies.
„ 7. TUES. Rumour hath charms to sooth the savage breast.
„ 8. WED. A rolling potatoe gathers "slush".
„ 9. THUR. Two of "the Profession" ne'er agree.
„ 10. FRI. If at first you don't succeed — Stadtv.gtei.
„ II. SAT. All's well that ends — elections.
„ 12. SUN. Its an ill wind that blows nobody's trumpet,
„ 13. MON. It's never too late to spend.
„ 14. TUES. Where there's smoke there's a non-com.
„ 15. WED. The early bird catches a cold.
THE WORK OF THE
JiN OPEN LETTER TO THE CAPTAINS,
Before you read further will you note the signature at the
bottom of this letter for it will put you in the proper vein.
I am writing you because I think there is nothing so pitiable
as to see a man's work nullified by the fact that he is misunder-
stood by those for whom he is working. I feel sure that your
work in the Camp would be ten times as effective were there
a feeling of real accord between you and those you represent.
You are subjected to absurd allegations and despicable insi-
nuations unworthy of our Camp, but really you are yourself
greatly to blame for you have adopted an attitude toward your
fellow-prisoners very much resembling that presented by a hed-
gehog to a dog.who wishes to say good ; day to him. The simile
fails, in so far as, though the dog might do the hedgehog
härm were he not to present his bristles-, we assure you that
your fellow-prisoners would not rüffle one hair of yours were
they to catch you one day with your bristles down.
The most potent factor in arousing the distrust with which
you are at present regarded by an immense majority of the
Camp has been your secreey. We know that your position is
an extremely difficult one and that there are many matters on
which you could not possibly take the Camp as a whole into
your confidence but, you know, you NEVER take the Camp,
into your confidence. Your announcements with regard to impro-
vements and measures at which you think are for the good of
the Camp are always made when these things are an accompKsh-
ed fact. For instance, I happen to know you are arranging for
the installat'on of a series of cooking ranges to be used by the
Camp on the same System as we now get not waier, well now
why not Iet others share your pleasant anticipation of the tneeting
of a very long-felt want.
Again when letters are addressed to you be sure you answer
them, it is very impolite not to answer letters you know and
I fear it is a bad habit you have got into. Then as far as
you possibly can you might Iet us know how you spend our
money and not meet our requests for a balance-sheet as though
we were a ecusing you of trieft. For instance, your president when
asked for a balance-sheet of the monies controlled by the Enter-
tainments Committee declared that it was impossible to prepare
such a document whereas a day later members of the Committee
declare that it is not only posssible but that they intend doing so.
If one of your fellow-prisoners asks to be allowed to speak
to the Captains' meeting, why not ask him in, instead of doing
as you did last week, refuse to reeeive any deputation. Of course,
if my friend the Editor, asked leave to speak to the mee-
ting, you would refuse, knowing as you do .that hie woulid
only be there on his bw search for "copy", but when we others
have a real grievance or Suggestion to put before you — Come
now, why not ?
You hear a l'ot of talk about yourselves, wild talk imputing
all sorts of terrible things to you and breathing all sorts of terrible
threats but surely you don't suppose we are all of us wild
bigots. Do you know my friend, that most of us feel quite sure
that you are conscientiously working for the good of the Camp
and we are grateful to you, but it really lsn't right of you
to set up as autocratic tyrants because after all; you yourselves
are Englishmen and know how "the blood" boils at an autocracy»
however beneficient it may be. It is all that unfortunate manner
of yours, couldn't you try and somehow alter things.
Yours very sincerely,
jQeüers to tße Gdtfor
ALL letlers to the editor must be accompanied by name and Barracke
Number of sender, not necessarily for publication but as a guarantee
of good faith.
Dear Sir :
It having become the fashion to "tilt a lance" with the
Entertainments Committee, may I perhaps suggest to the Cap-
tains the advisability of increasing such Committee by the
appointment of a "Censor of Plays" in order that each play
submitted should be carefully read, and only passed when con-
sidered likely to be of general interest to the Camp. There
is at present a tendency to produce plays of a lugubrious cha-
racter,*or plays with a purpose; and, as the educational side of the
Camp is so ably handled by other and more competent authorities,
surely the interests of the Camp are more studied, by using
the theatre as a medium of entertainment and amusement. Such
Censor should also bear in mind the limitations enforced by our
internment and thus not overtax the lemency shown by a con-
Yours very truly,
AUBREY H. HERSEE.
Dear Sir :
May I suggest through the medium of your valuable paper
that : — A gate or small exit be made in the wire fencing
near the lavatory on the promenade, so making a direct way
from the Sports Ground to the lavatory, which I believe would
be a great boon and convenience, for visitors on the Sports
Ground. Believe me to remain, Yours respeetfully,
A. C. B., Bar. 2.
Sir : The f inancial conduct of this Camp is degenerating
into something approaching a scandal. It is the elementary duty
of those concerned to run the Camp on lmes of economy ;
instead of that it is run on lines of gross extravagance. In
all its undertakings (and I refer only to those initiated by
the Camp itself) we find BIG expenses and BIG balances.
Is there need for either? Every new Suggestion seems to become
the means for extracting the largest available amount of cash
from the pocket of the mdividual (even empty cigar-boxes ori-
ginally given "gratis" are now sold at 10 Pfg. at the störe).
Big profits are made and big expenses accrue in order to balance
same. Have the Captains ever considered WHERE all this
money eventually drifts to, or perhaps, more correctly speaking,
naturally flows to, and is this not a reason for giving them
pause and causing them vigorously to think ? The Camp has
not asked for, nor does it require, ANYTHING expensive,
neither does it ask for big balances or larg3 profits fcr pro-
blematical relief purpo-
ses WHEN we go home.
Neither is it in its pro-
vmce to relieve already
relieved Variety Artistes
and others of ''such ilk".
Services should be volun-
tary or en'irely. dispensed
with. The charge for seats
should be as low as poss-
ible to all alike and cnly
sufficient to pay bare and
necessary expenses. Many
other economies will oeeur
to your readers, and, I hope
to the Captains, and in
conclusion I earnestly sug-
gest that in this matter we
owe a duty not only to
ourselves but to those at
home who are bearing the
heat and bürden of the day
and whose judgmen^ we
. most value.
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Dear Mr. Editor : —
For once in a way, our corner of Bar. 10. — is in complete
agreement and we'd like to notify the fact, but as you have
no Births or Marriages Column, we beg space instead of buying it.
We read with regret that long-haired devils wish to pump
Ibsen, further Shakespeare, etc. into this Lager. We wish
those people were anywhere but here ; wheire Blox Office ret-
ceipts would be a more immediate and definite reply from
the public than is the case here where the poor prisoner sighing
for "Charlie's Aunt'' would rather bear Elizabethan plays or
Ibsen than boredom. Can nothing be done to muzzle these
people and prevent them using our one and only theatre tD
such vile and pseudo-artistic ends as the production of further
pseudo-Shakespeare as badly done as the last.
"Charlie's Aunt'' when badly done at least does not offend.
THE CORNER OF BAR. 10.
With the advent of the hot water ticket and the new
boiler-house with its improved heating arrangements, we were
allured into the belief that hot water would be obtainable
at any time of the day, and not only intermittently as hiterto —
This however does not appear to be the case ; in fact,
difficulties in obtaining hot water seem to have increased in
more than direct proportion to the increased facilities for its
Would it not be possible for the Captains, without undue
loss of dignity, to look into this state of affairs, and organize
the boiler-house department in a business-like way. It has
even been suggested by impudent persons that the bad service
now in vogue may be due to the boiler-house staff not finding
their employment so remunerative under the new ticket System
as hitherto. Yours faithfully, Q. ER.
I was very glad to see your notice in the last issue with
reference to medals, and think the sentiments expressed by
you cannot be put in too strong language. There can be no
doubt that the limit was reached when a certain indiyidu,a,l
took it upon himself to write a letter, purporting to voice
the desire of the majority of the Camp, to a prominent member
of the British Government asking his sanction to our having
badges. Fortunately the letter was not allowed to leave the Camp,
and the gentleman in question was prevented making a public
Junatic of himself in England as well as in Ruhleben.
(Continued on page 47)
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the Camp to any member or department of the Home Government.
The Government does not want to be contmually reminded
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continue making such fools of ourselves, for in spite of our
comparative ummportance, the Old Country is taking all the
trouble over us we deserve, and what is more, will continue
to do so.
E. H. G.
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